Muslim Asif Ghanbari entered the UK illegally in the back of a lorry. Once here he applied for asylum claiming to be escaping fighting in his native Afghanistan. Presumably this was granted as he had started a training course to become an interpretor for the British Army. A life changing opportunity which you think he would make the most of given he shouldn’t of even been in the country.? No he showed his gratitude by grooming a 13 year old girl online before hooking up with her numerous times for sex. The sexual predator despite knowing the girls age even managed to get her pregnant which he made he abort. Animals like Ghanbari should face automatic deportation on release regardless if they have claimed asylum. No appeals, no human rights laws, no nothing other than the first plane out of here
An Afghan teenager and former asylum seeker training to be an interpreter for the British Army has been jailed after meeting a Potteries schoolgirl on Facebook and getting her pregnant.
Asif Ghanbari was dumped at Stafford Services after coming to the UK on the back of a lorry in 2008 and started a new life in Stoke-on-Trent.
The 19-year-old then used a false name – Jack Nelson – to meet a 13-year-old girl on Facebook.
He took her on dates in Hanley and Newcastle, had sex with her 17 times and got her pregnant – when she was 14 – before she had an abortion.
Now seeker Ghanbari, of Hanley, has been locked up for 32 months for his crimes.
Children’s charities today condemned Ghanbari’s actions.
NSPCC official Sandra McNair said: “This sad case highlights, once again, the urgent need to educate young people on how to keep safe online, so they can be protected from grooming and exploitation. Peer-to-peer abuse is a growing concern and highlights the vital need to educate young people about healthy and respectful relationships.”
Asif fled war-torn Helmand Province to start a new life – and ended up having under-age sex with a Potteries schoolgirl.
The one-time illegal immigrant posed under the false name of Jack Nelson to groom the then 13-year-old girl on Facebook because he wanted a girlfriend.
The 19-year-old took the youngster – who cannot be named – on dates to Newcastle and Hanley’s Central Forest Park before their relationship blossomed and she went to his Hanley home.
They had regular sex and the girl fell pregnant at 14.
Now Ghanbari – who has been training with the British Army with a view to working as an interpreter for future visits to Afghanistan – has been sentenced to 32 months in a young offenders’ institution.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the pair met on Facebook.
Prosecutor Rupert Jones said: “He used the name Jack Nelson. A couple of weeks after making contact he suggested they meet. They met in Hanley Forest Park and he arrived in his car. At the time the victim was aged 14. She told the defendant her age.
“The defendant arranged to meet her again in Newcastle. He kissed her. Eventually he took her to his home and into his bedroom. They had sexual intercourse without contraception. They had intercourse on a number of other occasions.”
The court heard the girl had an abortion after she became pregnant. Ghanbari was arrested and told police he had consensual sex with the girl about 17 times.
Ghanbari, of Leek Road, Hanley, pleaded guilty to meeting a child following sexual grooming and sexual activity with a child.
The court heard Afghanistan-born Ghanbari was trafficked to the UK in 2008 on the back of a lorry. He has no knowledge of what has happened to his family in Helmand Province.
Catherine O’Reilly, mitigating, said: “He was reaching out for some comfort, a relationship, some kind of family life. He adopted the name because it was a western name. He wanted a girlfriend.
“He has made a massive mistake, a massive error of judgement.”
Miss O’Reilly said Ghanbari is intelligent and has been recruited as an Army interpreter. She asked Judge David Fletcher to step back from passing an immediate custodial sentence.
But the judge sentenced Ghanbari to 32 months in a young offenders’ institution and placed him on the sex offenders’ register for life.
Judge Fletcher said: “It could not be said that you were under any misconception about the age of that woman. Her details were on the Facebook site. On the first occasion she made clear to you she was the age she was. She was between 13 and 14. You admitted you had unprotected sexual intercourse with her, you say on 17 occasions.”
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